We are in a “war” for the future of our country and our children’s future. Shall we be the “Sweet Land of Liberty?” Or, shall we become another land of Socialist misery and poverty? We often refer to the sides as the “makers” and “takers.”
Jesus Christ, whose gift and triumph we (Christians) are about Celebrate, brought clarity on the subject. In a parable Jesus gave just before He went up to Jerusalem for the Passover and, as it turned out, to pay the debt of all humankind. The purpose of the parable was to teach that each of us is responsible to be productive with the gifts we have been given for the Kingdom of God. We can correctly and fairly apply the parable to show our responsibility is to be productive here in this world.
Here, from the 21st Century King James Holy Bible is the parable from The Gospel according to St. Luke, Chapter 19: 12-27. Please open your heart and your mind to the teaching of the Lord that you may also teach other key men and women that they may teach others.
12He said therefore, “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13And he called his ten servants and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, `Make use of it till I come.’ 14But his citizens hated him and sent a message after him, saying, `We will not have this man to reign over us.’ 15And it came to pass that when he had returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16Then came the first, saying, `Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.’ 17And he said unto him, `Well done, thou good servant; because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.’ 18And the second came, saying, `Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.’ 19And he said likewise to him, `Be thou also over five cities.’ 20And another came, saying, `Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid away in a napkin. 21For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou layest not down, and reapest what thou did not sow.’ 22And he said unto him, `Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down and reaping what I did not sow. 23Why then gavest not thou my money unto the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with interest?’ 24And he said unto them that stood by, `Take from him the pound and give it to him that hath ten pounds.’ 25(And they said unto him, `Lord, he hath ten pounds!’) 26`For I say unto you, that unto every one that hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away from him. 27But those mine enemies, who would not that I should reign over them, bring them hither and slay them before me.'”